Gerald Wallace (3) is leading Charlotte in scoring this season. ((John Bazemore/Associated Press))

The Charlotte Bobcats confirmed Tuesday that leading scorer Gerald Wallace has left the team to attend his father's funeral.

Wallace, 26, will likely return Friday, when the Bobcats visit the Memphis Grizzlies.

The veteran forward missed three games last week following the death of his grandmother, and learned of his father's passing prior to returning to Charlotte.

Wallace has played twice since he returned for the Bobcats, posting a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds in this past Saturday's 90-86 loss to the Detroit Pistons and 11 points and 10 rebounds in Monday's 83-79 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

He is averaging 15.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 37.8 minutes in 22 starts this season, his eighth in the NBA.

Wallace is a 47.4 per cent shooter as a pro, having averaged 11.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 26.8 minutes in 419 NBA appearances (281 starts) with the Sacramento Kings and Bobcats.

With files from the Associated Press